What’s up citizens this ya guy Rob Markman with The Rob Report, where we break down music for the game’s hottest artists. Last week we checked out Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise and this week we’re going to go out west with Fashawn on The Ecology.
When Fashawn dropped his solo Boy Meets World in 2009 he drew comparisons to Nas, but now the Fresno, California MC is dropping albums with the hip-hop icon on Mass Appeal records. The Ecology finds Fash examining his surroundings and closest relationships over hard knock beats. On “Man of the House” recalls meeting his father for the first time at 15 years old and on “Mother” he balances his the black queen/crack fiend narrative while rapping about his mom.
On The Ecology Fashawn continues to fulfill his potential. But as solid as the album is you know that the Grizzly City MC has so much more ahead of him. “Out the Trunk” pairs Fash with Busta Rhymes over a neck-snapping thump, while “Guess Who’s Back” serves as a fitting album intro. On “Something to believe in,” Fashawn hooks up with Nas, the MC he’s been compared to since his first LP for the albums highlight.
The Ecology is exactly what you’d expect from Fashawn but probably won’t do much to elevate him in the game. If you like beats and rhymes then this album is just a solid listen through out that’s why I’m giving it a 7.5 out of 10. That’s just my opinion, what do you think, hit me on twitter @RobMarkman I talk back.
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In our recent interview with Fash, he opened up with us saying he almost gave up on rap, shared advice from Nas, defined success — and of course freestyled live. Watch below.